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The Secrets Between Us

by Thrity Umrigar

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The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2018
    368 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Bhima returns in this triumphant sequel to The Space Between Us - a poignant and compelling novel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India.

"It isn't the words we speak that make us who we are. Or even the deeds we do. It is the secrets buried in our hearts.

Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima's only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.

Bhima's fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, each confessing the truth about their lives and the wounds that haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima pieces together a new life, and together, the two women learn to stand on their own.

A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive.

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"Starred Review. Picking up The Space Between Us first may enlighten readers about Bhima's backstory, but this title easily stands on its own. It chronicles the triumph of women's friendships and fortitude in the face of considerable obstacles - poverty, homophobia, illiteracy, gender discrimination, ageism, and sexual assault. It further displays Umrigar's insights into the deep resilience of the human heart." - Library Journal

"A lengthy but affecting tale of late sisterhood." - Kirkus

"The women at the heart of this novel inhabit the harsh world of the urban Indian poor, and struggle separately and together for dignity and survival. Thrity Umrigar has written a moving human tale that vividly brings to life both the women and the city of Mumbai." - Salman Rushdie

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Karen S

Love Anything By Thrity!
I loved The Space Between Us so naturally I was excited to pick up A Secret Between Us! It did not disappoint.
Here is my review:
Thrity Umrigar remains one of my favorites authors. I read all her books! I was introduced to this author with her novel The Space Between Us which remains one of my all time favorite books. The Secrets Between Us is a sequel and reunites us with Bhima the main character in The Space Between Us. She is a character that I love. She is a feisty older Indian woman living in the slums of Mumbai and her life is heartbreaking. In The Secrets Between Us Bhima befriends Parvati and even older and bitter woman living in an even worst place then the slums. At first they dislike each other, their friendship grows very slowly and it is peppered with bickering that can make you laugh. But their lives are sad and we learn how they each ended up poor and lonely as the women's secrets are revealed as the novel progresses. I'm hoping Thrity Umrigar will continue and make this a trilogy. If you haven't read her books and enjoy reading about India and the culture I recommend all her books!
I do recommend that you read The Space Between Us first as characters reappear in Secrets.

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Thrity Umrigar Author Biography

Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Space Between Us, which was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, as well as a memoir and three picture books. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in more than fifteen countries. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Seth Rosenberg Award and is Distinguished Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. A former prize-winning journalist, she has contributed to the  Boston Globe , the Washington Post, the New York Times and Huffington Post.

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Thrity Umrigar: thri-tee oomrigar

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